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Sharon Stone Pulls a John Hagee

By Daniel Treiman

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Pastor John Hagee landed himself in hot water for suggesting that Hurricane Katrina may have reflected God’s wrath over a planned gay pride event, that antisemitism may have its origins in Divine anger over Jewish transgressions and that God may have used the Nazis as Divine instruments to return the Jews to Zion. But Hagee isn’t the only high-profile figure who would be better off avoiding the topic of theodicy.

Case in point — as the Guardian reports — Sharon Stone:

Stone sparked an international outcry with her remarks, made last week during a red carpet interview at the Cannes film festival. “I’m not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else,” she said.

“I’ve been concerned about how should we deal with the Olympics, because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine.”

“And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you’re not nice that the bad things happen to you?”

Some Chinese were, understandably, not pleased by the actress’s musings. Stone has since apologized.

Jim Thu. May 29, 2008

The epicenter was heavily populated by Tibetans as well as Han, Quian and Hui Chinese. Maybe they were collectively punished for not believing in John Hagee's God? (sarcasm) Actually, the extremist crazies at, the official website of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. The "church" has apparently issued a press release thanking God "for the Great Killer Earthquake that He sent to kill thousands of stiffhearted Chinese rebels against God." In addition, Westboro claim their prayer "is for many more earthquakes to kill many more thousands of impudent and ungrateful Chinese

Dave Levy Fri. May 30, 2008

I don't know whether it's just plain ignorance or what, but both Stone and Hagee seem psychotic in some respects. Maybe a good psychiatrist can provide an explanation for their remarks. That said, I am a Zionist Jew, but not a Torah Jew I admit to not being terribly observant. However, Mr. Hitler, Hamas and Hezbollah thugs really would not have discriminated against me. If I lived in Sderot, or Ashkelon, Israel, I doubt the Katyusha rockets would either? I respect Pastor Hagee's religious convictions, and take them for granted. He likes Jews and Israel but wants to convert us. Who doesn't? The radical Muslims want more. But Hagree is very pro-Israel's survival and flourishment, and that's what really counts. He was against the so-called disengagement, which brought Hamas to power. He was right on that one. If I were Lieberman, I would ask him to clarify his statements regarding Hitler however. We Jews have few friends on this planet..and should not be cherry picking, and condemning a pro-Israel Pastor for one or two outrageous remarks, which have little relevance to today's problems. Pastor Hagee has for years, been pro-Israel and he does reach millions of his congregation and TV audience on TBN. Let's not bite the hand that feeds us.

Dena Silver Sat. May 31, 2008

There is a huge difference between Sharon Stone musing about whether karma goes/comes around and John Hagee wielding power by purposely invoking a literal view of God to influence his followers. I disagree with the comment before that we ought not be cherry-picking our friends. With friends like that, who needs enemies? OK, we need not turn them away impolitely or disdainfully, but let's have the discretion and self-esteem to refrain from "courting" those who represent views abhorrent to our sacred values. If Hagee's followers want to support Israel, that is their privilege, but let's hope, as they explore Jewish life, they learn a little bit about nuanced thinking and human rights. If this is the hand that feeds us-- bigotted, literal-thinking and out to lead us away from being Jews--we're in big trouble. We've survived worse, however. Let's not be so desperate. The eternal flame has gotten us through terrible times, and it's done so by giving us the better parts of humanity, not the worst.

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